'Mooning' clampdown urged by peer

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A Conservative peer has called for a clampdown on "mooning" and cyclists' alleged bad behaviour, during committee-stage of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.

Lord James of Blackheath made his remarks as peers discussed a move by Tory Lord Marsleford to bring in a civil penalty for littering from vehicles, on 20 November 2013.

Lord James said he supported the amendment but argued that it should go further to cover other bad behaviour in vehicles and on the roads.

He told the Lords how he and his wife were on their way to watch England play rugby at Twickenham when they witnessed buses of school children mooning at passers-by.

"The sight of some 40 school children mooning simultaneously is not a pretty sight. She was horrified," Lord James said.

The peer went on to criticise cyclists who "defy you to run them down while they photograph you doing it", claiming "that's what they're longing for".

He said the Sunday Times cycle safety campaign was "pursuing to a ludicrous degree the cause of cyclists to the point where they are creating a new and separate society in London".

"Cyclists think they have a superior law and control over everyone in a motorcar," he said, and warned: "It's going to lead to some catastrophic accidents very soon."

Lord James added: "We need to have that behaviour included in some exclusion because it is going to lead to their demise and our prosecution and it's ridiculous."

Cycling safety has been in the spotlight recently with the deaths of six cyclists on the capital's roads in the last two weeks.

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